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November 2014
Students canoeing at Lirio Lodge Costa Rica

Educational tourism at Lirio Lodge in Costa Rica helps community

Educational tourism is one of the fastest growing areas of travel and tourism. Not just for students, educational travel is about learning and being involved in community action projects while traveling and relaxing on vacation. Costa Rica offers a wide variety of educational travel and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. An excellent destination...
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Family vacation Costa Rica

5 ideas for your family Christmas vacation to Costa Rica

This Christmas, give your family the gift of a holiday together in Costa Rica. What better present for your entire family than to share fun and adventure in the sun, and the rainforest, beaches and volcanoes of Costa Rica. It is easy and affordable to travel to the peaceful country of Costa Rica. There is...
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Great Green Macaw

Great Green Macaws return to northern Costa Rica Eco Lodge

One of the most magnificent birds in Costa Rica is the Great Green Macaw. This time of year, from October through December, Great Green Macaws (Ara ambiguus) return to the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge in northern Costa Rica from the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve in Nicaragua. Following their main food source of mountain almond tree...
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Nature Air Costa Rica

Costa Rica South Caribbean travel now easy with new flight to Limon

Now getting to the South Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica will be easier than ever with a new 30-minute flight between San Jose and Limon on Nature Air . Starting Dec. 1, travelers to Costa Rica can fly from San Jose and the Central Valley to the Caribbean port city of Limon on daily flights with...
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Gravity Falls Arenal Costa Rica

Waterfall jumping is next extreme adventure tour in Arenal Costa Rica

So, you’ve done a guided rappel down a 150-foot gushing waterfall. Ho-hum. Now you’re ready for the next extreme adventure adrenaline fix. How about waterfall jumping? Waterfall jumping is Costa Rica’s version of cliff diving, but next to a waterfall. Also called “tombstoning” in Europe, waterfall jumping is the newest most extreme adventure tour in...
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Yoga pose butterfly, image by Yoga Journal

Top tips for easing travel stress with yoga

Travel can be stressful, there’s no doubt about it. Standing in line, airport security, incessant waiting, lugging bags and suitcases, crowds … and the sitting! Sitting on a plane, or in a car or taxi, or on a bus, or on a train – it plays havoc with your back, butt, hips, legs, and well,...
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Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Five dream Costa Rica adventure travel vacations

Why visit Costa Rica? People ask me that all of the time. Everywhere I go, from Europe to the United States to other parts of Latin America, it seems nearly everyone has heard of Costa Rica and is intrigued about the little Central American country. Besides being a peace-loving nation full of friendly people, Costa...
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Volcano Turrialba explosion Oct. 30 2014, image by OVSICORI

Discover Costa Rica’s awe-inspiring volcanoes

Emphasizing the power of Mother Nature with images of fiery lava and explosive ash plumes, volcanoes have lit up the world news lately. Mt. Pavlof volcano in Alaska has been intensely erupting since Nov. 12, spewing ash clouds up to 30,000 feet above sea level. The lava flow from Kilauea Volcano advances slowly across the Big...
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Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge crocodile

Tour Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Kayaking (or boating) through the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is an exciting experience. You never know what animal or bird you’ll suddenly come upon next. Maybe a snowy white egret. Maybe a giant, toothy American Crocodile. Maybe a curious howler monkey lazily lounging in a tree. The refuge spans 953 acres and...
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Stand up paddle games Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Stand-Up Paddle Games 2014

Like stand-up paddle boarding? Come to Manuel Antonio and Quepos, Costa Rica, this December for the exciting Manuel Antonio Stand-Up Paddle Games 2014. At the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica on Dec. 13 and 14, 2014, athletes will compete in four events in the popular sport of stand-up paddle boarding. There will be...
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Independent travel

Travel trends: Vacation rentals are the new way to stay

Planning your next vacation? You might be used to staying in hotels and resorts, but maybe you should consider vacation rentals. More independent travelers are choosing to rent private homes and apartments these days instead of hotels, using websites like Airbnb and VRBO. Vacation rentals are often the most economic travel option for families and...
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Pupusas of El Salvador in Costa Rica

Wonderful Pupusas of El Salvador!

Going through my mind as I took my first bite of steaming, fresh pupusa – after, “oh my god, this is good!” – was, “why don’t I eat pupusas more often?” There is a pupusa restaurant in my little country town of Atenas, Costa Rica. I’ve eaten there a few times, but now plan to...
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Turtle babies heading to the sea

Festival celebrates Costa Rica sea turtles

Celebrate the sea turtles of Costa Rica this weekend at the Matapalo Sea Turtle Festival. The annual sea turtle festival on Nov. 15 and 16 at Matapalo Costa Rica, halfway between Manuel Antonio National Park and Dominical on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, celebrates the Matapalo Sea Turtle Conservation Project and hatching of baby sea...
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Map Southern Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica

The best ways to get to Santa Teresa Costa Rica

You want to visit Santa Teresa, Costa Rica – named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with some of the best surfing in Costa Rica. But where is it and how do you get there? Santa Teresa Beach is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica on the southern Nicoya Peninsula....
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Costa Rica rainforest

Costa Rica leads world in green economic performance

Right behind Sweden and Norway as the top Green Countries in the World, is the little Central American nation of Costa Rica. According to the recently released 2014 Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI), Costa Rica is the third best Green Country in the World. The Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI) measures the green economic performance...
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